There isn’t much to hear yet from ELEL, but their debut single “40 Watt,” released last June on Mom + Pop, is an impressive out-the-gate. The Nashville-based collective has a sound crafted with horns, layered (and sometimes processed) vocals, synths, guitar, bass and a load of percussion. The effect is a dreamy and upbeat pop sound with clear links to their diverse influences — they list Van Morrison, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Beach House, Toro y Moi, and I’d add Arcade Fire, MGMT and The Knife.
If you you haven’t heard “40 Watt” yet you’re in for a Monday morning treat. Take a quick dance break and then jump over here to get tickets for Wednesday night’s show (4/1) at the Rickshaw Stop. Local folk-rock trio Owl Paws opens.